Group exercises and role-plays are central to the Time and Talk method. Group activities allow participants to learn from each other's resources, skills and experience.
To ensure a positive learning experience for all participants, you should create a collaborative learning environment. This can be done by ensuring that the role-players are not always at the center of attention.
All participants in the exercise should be given an opportunity to contribute by offering input and suggestions and by acting out those suggestions.
- Body language (non-verbal communication)
- Tone of voice (This can be done by asking the role player to turn their back on the group, so that the group concentrates on the voice, and disregards other expressions.)
- Focus on the agenda established by the role player at the outset, e.g. practicing being assertive or dealing with a difficult client who talks too much
- Looking out for open or closed questions used by the clinician
- Picking up cues, e.g. a client who mentions a worry that they constantly refer to, but do not speak about in reference to their hearing loss